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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Public workers can resell services

By Nicholas Timmins, Public Policy Editor, FT
Nick Timmins reports on an address by Francis Maude at the 2020PST/RSA Public Services Summit on the coalition government's promise to give staff the right to request or bid to leave and form social enterprises and resell their services to councils.

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Ambulance drivers and firefighters could break away from national service under new plans

By Polly Curtis, Guardian Whitehall correspondent

Reporting on the address delivered by Rt Hon Francis Maude at the 2020PST/RSA Public Services Summit on the 9th Nov, Polly writes about how Ambulance drivers, paramedics and firefighters could be given the right to breakaway from the national rescue service to form for-profit groups and run their services themselves.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Report calls for overhaul of social welfare

The health service in 2020 could see more co-payments, preventative services funded by social bonds and every citizen recieving an annual statement detailing their contributions to and consumption of public services. The HSJ reports on the Commission on 2020 Public Services final report - From social security to social productivity: a vision for 2020 Public Services.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Time to retire Beveridge and his welfare model

The Commission on 2020 Public Services published its detailed blueprint for change this week. Mark Conrad reports on the findings of 'From social security to social productivity: a vision for 2020 Public Services' which show that while the future is challenging it is also local.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Commission calls for a radical re-think of public services

Society has changed radically from the mid 20th century age of William Beveridge, but the approach to public services has not kept abreast of changes. 21st century change is moving rapidly and it is imperative to re-think how public services will be provided to meet future needs. PublicNet reports on the Commission on 2020 Public Services final report - From social security to social productivity: a vision from 2020 Public Services.

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Thursday, 20 January 2011
COPD: Cautiously Optimistic about Payment on Delivery
About 15% of people my age have a long term condition. A little over two years ago I developed COPD: Cautiously Optimistic about Payment on Delivery, and have been unable to rid myself of the affliction. Thus having published Better Outcomes, a report exploring the what, where and why of payment-by-outcome, I and several colleagues ... more »
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Wednesday, 5 January 2011
the condition of conditionality
Interesting contrast in a couple of news stories coming from the states in the last few days. On the one hand, portents in the Guardian of a difficult 2 years for President Obama in the face of a Republican controlled Congress. On the other, a piece in the New York Times on falling inequality in ... more »
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Thursday, 25 November 2010
Local Identity – the photographic evidence?
Last night I was speaking at the mining institute in Newcastle at a roundtable discussing themes from LOCAL a book my Dad and I published recently. The book is a mix of photography (based on an artist-in-residence period at Cumbria County Council), and text (an essay on local politics & identity), and the roundtable ... more »